"We're keeping an eye out for extremist activity in Libya, but we haven't seen much, if any, to date," said a U.S. counter-terrorism official. A Defense official added that the U.S. had not seen a direct link between the opposition and extremists."Source: "U.S. finds no organized Al Qaeda presence in Libya opposition, officials say" by Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
I thought that my earlier article and commentary about the dangerous uncertainty of the aftermath of a Gaddafi regime was alreayd being answered and there isn't much to fear. But just a few days later, it seems that the dark spectre of Libyan's future will be a reality once Gaddafi is gone.
First of there is this West Point study which shows that that there is high reason to suspect that the Al-Qaeda could be infiltrating the rebels and their area strongholds.
"But since the Al Qaeda personnel files contain the residence or hometown of the foreign fighters in question, we can determine that the desire to travel to Iraq to kill Americans was not evenly distributed across Libya, but was highly concentrated precisely in those areas around Benghazi which are today the epicenters of the revolt against Colonel Gaddafi which the US, Britain, France, and others are so eagerly supporting."
"As Daya Gamage of the Asia Tribune comments in a recent article on the West Point study, '…alarmingly for Western policymakers, most of the fighters came from eastern Libya, the center of the current uprising against Muammar el-Qaddafi. The eastern Libyan city of Darnah sent more fighters to Iraq than any other single city or town, according to the West Point report.'"Source: "The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq" by Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
The coup de grace however came from an article from the "The Telegraph" wherein Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader himself admitted that Al-Qaeda people wehrein their ranks and he considers them as patriots. The rebel leader even admitted that he fought in Afghanistan battles most probably along with Al-Qaeda.
"In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited 'around 25' men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are 'today are on the front lines in Adjabiya'."
"Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters 'are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,' but added that the 'members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader'."
"Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan". He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008."Source: "Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links" By Praveen Swami, Nick Squires and Duncan Gardham
One begins to think where are the US Intelligence working on this? Why have they got this all wrong again just like what is happening in Egypt right now wherein the Muslim Brotherhood is all but ready to reign. They have the data on their laps but they are seemingly choosing to ignore it for some reason.